Florida education news: Education commissioner search, school law changes, prom and more
WHO'S UP NEXT? Three weeks before the deadline, the search to replace outgoing Florida education commissioner Eric Smith has yielded no official candidates. (Times file photo)
WORTH IT? Some Pinellas School Board members question whether to continue paying for a group of teachers to get their master's degrees.
FINAL MOMENTS: Pasco Mitchell High School seniors sign yearbooks and reminisce.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Leaders in Pinellas' black community question the need to hire an expert to study black student performance.
BIG CHANGES: Florida lawmakers approve several major changes and expansions to the state's education laws during the final week of session, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PLENTY OF PAIN: The Florida 2011-12 budget includes fiscal pain for teachers, college students and many others, the AP reports. • University of Florida officials say the new budget creates challenges, the Gainesville Sun reports.
MISSING ITEMS: An audit of Broward's troubled transportation department turns up $1million in missing equipment, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LONG TIME PLANNING: Some St. Lucie high school students spend months preparing for their prom, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about value-added methods for evaluating teachers with Sam Foerster, the Putnam schools official who is heading up a committee charged with choosing Florida's model.